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AmazonBasics Portable Stereo System for MP3 Players Black

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 5.4 x 6.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • Item model number: ABPDP003
  • ASIN: B0054QNL38
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid, functional, good budget model 23 April 2012
By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Hope this video review is helpful.

Some things I like about this speaker:
1. Size - it's nice and portable and is easy to slot into a backpack or overnight bag.
2. Style - despite being a bit plasticky, it looks quite nice.
3. Simplicity - very straightforward to set up so suitable for all ages.

Some things I don't like:
1. Bass - budget speakers often struggle with bass, and this is no different, with the whole thing vibrating at full volume.
2. Charging - the problem with fitting all MP3 players is that you can't use it to charge your MP3 player.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Portable Sound 29 April 2012
By Jack Percival TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The ever expanding Amazon Basics range appears to have found its way into stereo systems having previously delivered various cables and other accessories at very reasonable prices. While this isn't a superb audio system and certainly won't replace any speakers or iPod docks I already own, what it does deliver is great portability with the item itself being small and the possibility of using it with 4 AA batteries as an alternative to the USB power cable that comes with the device, although you'll need something like this to plug it into if you don't want to use your laptop.

Expectedly the sound quality isn't great and the cable appeared to suffer a bit from static noises when plugged into my laptop but the volume is reasonable and I can see myself taking this to the beach or on a picnic in the summer as a much better alternative to most inbuilt phone or laptop speakers. Overall, this is a simple little device that delivers what it sets out to achieve at a reasonable cost - if you're looking for something portable as well as basic and don't care too much about sound quality then I would look no further.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate 9 Dec 2012
By Sam D
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For a budget speaker for an mp3 player, this does what it promises to do, but not really anything more. It's very simple to unbox and set up. To power it up, simply pop in 4 AA batteries or plug it into your computer via the USB cable supplied. The other wire, which is discreetly housed inside the speaker, then plugs into the headphone socket of your mp3 player.

In terms of aesthetics, the speaker looks elegant and the blue LED on/off light on the top is pleasing (although the glowing words "Amazon Basics" less so). It does feel 'plasticy', but not cheap per se, and besides, what do you expect at this price point. The sound is fine too, but not special enough to feel like its worth using. In other words, it feels like far less hassle to just listen to my iPhone 5 via its own speakers with the volume turned up, rather than wiring this thing in every time. That said, other mp3 players or older phones with inferior speakers to, say, an iPhone 5 probably wouldn't measure up, making this speaker seem a more worthwhile proposition.

Basically, if your mp3 player or phone doesn't produce good enough sound through its own speakers and you want a good value solution to that problem, this will see you alright. If your mp3 player or phone already produces decent sound though, you don't really need this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a hit for me 5 stars ! 23 April 2012
By Ferris TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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For a cheap speaker I am really impressed with the quality of the product, I don't think the images really do it enough justice. It has a good solid weight to it, it feels quite robust, it looks the part and I really like the way that the cable that connects it to my IPhone fits away inside the battery compartment.

Upon receiving it i was only a matter of moments before I had put in the 4 AA batteries required and connected it to my IPhone with the jack provided. The sleek black finish really complemented my IPhone. The sound quality was good for such a small device, turning it up too loud made it very tinny and not really that good to listen to.

I think that this speaker will be perfect for taking on holiday, on my desk at work using the USB cable provided, using in the garden and for taking on picnics (I read on another review, I like that idea). For all these uses away from the house it would have been nice to have some form of travel pouch provided with the product.

The packaging and contents were quite basic but I suppose that is the whole concept and how Amazon have managed to bring this product in at such a reasonable price.

It's a hit for me 5 stars !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful 21 April 2012
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
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Easy to use and set up, the price is right, but there are quibbles with it, there is no base control, only off/on and volume, but this is the basics range, so you can't really expect hi-tech. The sound is fine, although, like I mentioned before, it would be nice to have more control over how it sounds.

The design is quite pleasing, with a blue power indicator. The connection to your MP4 is hidden inside the battery compartment and a separate USB connector comes with it, if you want to use mains via a laptop or pc to power it, rather than batteries. If using it on the move, it takes 4xAA batteries.

Good for the price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I clearly have a different concept of portable! 24 April 2012
By Ren
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To start with the Speaker system is very well made, it feels tough and robust and has quite a solid sound to it. However, between the size of it and lack of any kind of carry case, it's not really what I'd call portable in terms of an ipod/mp3 player. Yes obviously it's light and easy to carry, but it's not something you're going to just pop in your pocket as you run out the door.

Sound quality was reasonable, it had a fairly heavy base, but was lacking in the treble range which left much of the music sounding a bit flat. It's not vastly loud, I had the speaker up full blast and my mp3 player at about 3/4 volume to get a reasonable sound level for comfortable listening. It's not going to handle anything particularly quiet and it's not going to cope in any kind of noisy environment.

In use, you have the option of batteries, or a usb power cable to let your pc/laptop power the speaker. Unfortunately, for some odd reason the sound jack is clipped into the battery compartment, so when you come to use it you have to remove the back cover and unclip the cable, then feel it through a slit in the cover when replacing. IN turn you have to perform the same procedure to pack it away, removing was easy, but I found the cable was quite fiddly to clip back into it's little cut-out channel, again not making it all that portable friendly.

In all, the speaker was "reasonable" but nothing more, sound was acceptable for the price, build quality was very good, but it's let down by some odd design choices. Owning an old
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my Grandson
I bought this for my Grandson so he could use his MP3 player in his bedroom, the tone is very good and its easy to use.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs E M Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for holidays.
Got this unit for FREE! as I was buying a new MP3 player for holidays last year. The (Re-chargeable) batteries I used lasted the whole 2 weeks. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sKEPtIc
1.0 out of 5 stars Really quite useless
The sound quality is really poor and it needs loads of batteries. i got it free with another purchase and I'm afraid it went straight to the back of a cupboard.
Published 13 months ago by Amazonaddicted
3.0 out of 5 stars AmazonBasics Portable Stereo System for MP3 Players
This was a present. Great if you want music at picnics, gardens. I turned it on when I bought it (Batteries). Sounded quite good.
Published 15 months ago by Sue Naylor
4.0 out of 5 stars NO COMPLAINTS
I'm not sure how to review this player. It came free with my i-player so I didn't expect Bose quality kit and it seems churlish to make any criticism at all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clive
5.0 out of 5 stars AmazonBasics Portable Stereo System for MP3 Players Black
Bought this Basic Amazon speaker system as a used product from Amazon. Came this morning, and its just like a brand new one, not a scratch or mark on it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing
Good sound for a speaker as cheap as this. Works well with the Sansa clip and the batteries last for ages.
Published 18 months ago by Keith Crompton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound!
So impressed, bought this for my 7 year old to connect into her Walkman and its brilliant, and all for 13
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. J. Bennie
2.0 out of 5 stars Haven't used it yet!
I received this a freebie with an MP3 player.

It's a good idea....I think it would be more useful (for me) if it was mains operated. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Thecatsmother
4.0 out of 5 stars Mp3 speaker
Good product as received for free as part of a bundled purchase with a mp3. The speaker is a good purchase
Published 21 months ago by Valerie Bennett
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